Owned Horses Now Accepted
The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center has been providing second chances to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules since 2012. When it first opened, Harmony served as a rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected equines that had been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities.
A few years later, in addition to taking horses from law enforcement cases, Harmony began accepting equines from humane societies and rescues in the Midwest and southwestern United States so they could receive training and rehoming.
Earlier this month, the Harmony Equine Center began opening its doors to privately owned horses in need of rehoming.
“We invite owners looking to rehome their horses to trust us to care for their animals,” said Garret Leonard, Director of the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center. “Our trainers will work with both the horses and new adopters to ensure they find new, loving homes.”
Harmony is piloting a rehoming adoption program for up to 150 equines over the next 12 months. Managing the number of intakes will ensure proper care, training and placement of surrendered equines and allow Harmony to manage the number of intakes to allow proper space for law enforcement cases.
Equines are required to have a health and behavior evaluation prior to acceptance.
This rehoming adoption program is designed to transition horses from one owner to the next through evaluation, training and placement and offers an alternative to people who can either no longer care for their horses or do not want the hassle of selling them. “This may be a more convenient option than dealing with potential buyers or taking your horse to the sale barn,” adds Leonard.
Anyone considering rehoming their horses can visit harmonyequinecenter.org/os to learn more about the program and fill out an inquiry form.